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Conclave

Picking The Pope: Holy Spirit Or 'Groupthink'?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In Catholic theology, as in the popular imagination, the closed-door conclave to elect a new pope is supposed to be guided by the H...

A New Pope Won't Save The Sinking Ship

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Even if my dire assessment were completely off base, it would take nothing short of a miracle to avert failure for the next pope and a crisis of faith for believers.

Can Any Good Come Of It?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

We stand at a momentous time in the Church. Let us pray the cardinals who gather in conclave choose wisely and well.

Latest From Rome

HuffPost Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

“There is still no date set for the conclave,” stated father Federico Lombardi, director of the press room for the Holy See, even before journalis...

Breaking The Catholic Silence

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Scott Janssen

Catholics are taught not to question Church authority, but how can a Catholic stay silent when its leadership advocates policy that counters basic human rights?

900 Year Old Tradition Of Priestly Celibacy May Soon Be Over

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

For over 900 years Catholic priests have practiced celibacy; but now that may be changing. After Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned over sexual misconduc...

Will Cardinals 'Subscribe' To Notre Dame's Conclave Playlist?

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

While Cardinals aren’t sure of the precise date on which they’ll vote for the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, someone is at least working on the c...

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

5 Differences Between A Catholic Pope And An Islamic Khalifa

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

When my parents enrolled me in a Catholic school in Pakistan, our neighbors expressed a concern: Will my faith be at risk because of attending a Catholic school? As it turns out, the Catholic school taught me the lost Muslim value of grappling with disagreements in a non-threatening way.

Cardinals Meet In Shadow Of Scandal, Discord And Intrigue

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals gathering to choose a successor to "Pope Emeritus Benedict" will be worrying about a Vatican hierarchy hit by sca...

Sex, Power And Scandals Loom Over Vatican Pre-Conclave Talks

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor VATICAN CITY, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The sex and power scandals haunting the Catholic Church look set to...

Conclave: Prayer Meeting Or Political Rally?

Andreas Widmer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

The pope is chosen based on faith and reason. It's not a chess game. It's not about power. Pope is not a position that people aspire to the way they do President or CEO.

Benedict And Beyond: What’s In A Papal Name?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

When the new pope is announced, attention to the name he chooses will give precious insight into the kinds of things he will seek to appropriate from the past, to emphasize in the present, and to prioritize for the future.

Mood Darkens At Vatican

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion

* Catholic Church rules changed to allow early conclave * British cardinal resigns, will not vote for new pope * "Vatile...

Criticisms Of Cardinal Mahoney's Presence At Conclave Reach Vatican

Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony's vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has now reached the Vatican, with at l...

What We Need In A New Pope

Lauren Boyle | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

If ever there were a perfect time to clean house in the Church, it is now. For the Church, this symbolic time of repentance could be the time in which the Church re-orients itself to serve a 21st century world.

The Latest Betting Line on the Next Pope

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Keith Thomson

Much is at stake with the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor, including a lot of money.